Spence Ready For Peterson And Unification
Errol Spence, Jr. held a media workout on Tuesday, in his hometown of Dallas, in preparation for his January 20th battle against Lamont Peterson in Brooklyn, NY.
The undefeated champion is excited to return to New York, where many of his family members live, and feels that beating Peterson can snag him the top spot in boxing.
“The top spot in the sport is really up for grabs now and I’m coming for it. I don’t care who I have to face or where, I’m going to be the last man standing. That’s why we all get into this sport. I’m extremely confident in myself.”
Spence told the reporters in attendance they shouldn’t expect a boring fight at Barclay’s Center, and not only will the atmosphere be a big deal for him, but being able to fight someone like Peterson, helps make it matter much more.
“I’m excited to be fighting a guy like Lamont Peterson. I’m not fighting a regular no-name fighter. He’s going to bring the best out of me because he’s a true fighter. It makes the whole experience even better.”
Spence’s trainer, Derrick James claims that his fighter is looking to not just keep one title, but attempt to unify the welterweight division. Saying that his goal driven, never say die attitude is what guides him to success, and he expects no different when it comes to unification.
“Winning one title is not what he wants. He wants to be undisputed welterweight champion. He’s very goal oriented and I believe he’ll reach that goal. He doesn’t take no for an answer. He’s going to push himself to the limit and attain his goals.”
James also claims that they are not taking Peterson lightly, as his mental and physical toughness make him a tough opponent, and that Peterson’s trainer Barry Hunter’s ability forces both fighter and trainer to work harder.
“Lamont Peterson is very witty and intelligent in the ring. He’s a tough guy too. He brings that mental fortitude that you need to be successful. We have to be coming to this fight 100 percent and be focused the whole time. If we don’t, we may come up short.”
“I have to be the best version of myself too. I try to get better and better each fight and each day in the gym. I know I have to be on top of of everything that could happen. Barry Hunter is a tough, intelligent trainer who brings a lot to the table. Lamont has a great team. It’s a pleasure and an honor to face them in the ring.”